Dec 8 2011 By Jenny Coombes
Tony Gardiner (2nd in on the right) with the rest of team Dan Clan, who took part in the 5k Santa run at Greenwich Park
A NORTHWOOD man has helped to raise £3,000 for a hospital which treated his nephew’s rare illness.
Tony Gardiner, 29, of Alandale Drive, donned a Santa costume and took part in a 5km run at Greenwich Park.
The technician, who ran in a team alongside his brother-in-law Garry, was raising money for Great Ormond Street Hospital.
His nephew Daniel Pearce was treated at the hopsital for saggital synostasis - a condition that meant the plates in his head fused together too early, leading to a misshapen skull.
Daniel, who is now 16 months old, had two major operations on his head aged just three and six months, to insert and remove springs which separated the plates and allowed his skull to develop normally.
Tony, who works as a technician at Citygate Volkswagen, Victoria Road, Ruislip, said: “The team at Great Ormond Street Hospital provided great care and support to not only Daniel but my brother in-law and sister, and completing the run is my way of saying thank you.
“The team there is truly fantastic and I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible. My colleagues have been very supportive and sponsored me to do the race.”
The 15-strong team, called the Dan Clan Runners, completed the run along with 2,000 other fundraisers.